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The South Dakota Eldercare Study was conducted to provide specialized data on caregivers (i.e., a spouse or an adult child) and their dependent elderly relatives based on a probability sample of rural communities throughout the State of South Dakota. Based on the study's data, this paper will document (!) the availability and utilization of health and social services and (2)family caregivers as a resource in the care of elderly relatives. This paper will also discuss how useful the formal service deliver system is in meeting the needs of family members.



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